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Great Houses of Norfolk

A five-night, six-day tour has been arranged from Monday 23rd to Saturday 28th September

Monday 23rd September

Depart from Petersfield by coach for Cambridge where we will visit Anglesey Abbey, dating back to 1600, the house was built on the site of a 12th century Augustinian priory. It was adapted in the 20th century by Hittleston Broughton, the first Lord Fairhaven and his sumptuous collections are on display. There will be time to visit the 100-acre landscaped garden and arboretum before heading to Norwich.

In Norwich we will check into the 3 star Best Western George Hotel, our home for the next five nights' dinner, bed and breakfast.

Tuesday 24th September

The morning will be spent exploring central Norwich in the company of a blue badge guide. In the afternooon we will have a guided tour of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art at the University of East Anglia.

Wednesday 25th September

We rejoin our coach and travel to Sandringham for a visit to Sandringham House, Her Majesty the Queen's charming country retreat, for a free-flow visit of both the house and gardens. In the afternoon we will continue with a visit to Houghton Hall, built in the 18th century by Sir Robert Walpole and designed by Colin Campbell, with interiors by William Kent. Situated in beautiful parkland, the house is regarded as one of the finest examples of Palladian architecture in England.

Thursday 26 September

After breakfast we will take the coach to Wells-next-the-Sea for a private guided tour of Holkham Hall, another fine example of Palladian architecture, built by William Kent. Renowned for its fabulous collection of art, its most striking room is the marble hall. The 3000 acre park, with it mile-long lake, was landscaped by Capability Brown in 1762 and the formal terraces were laid out by Nesfield in 1854.

After lunch, we will travel to East Ruston for a private visit of East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens. Alan Gray and Graham Robeson incorporated innovative design and clever planting when they laid out 32 acres of garden round the Arts & Crafts vicarage over 15 years ago.

Friday 27 September

This morning we will join the coach for a short drive to Aylsham where we board the train for a journey on the Bure Valley Railway to Wroxham station, then in Wroxham we board a boat to cruise on the beautiful Norfolk Broads. In the afternoon, we continue to the National Trust's Blicking Hall. Dating from the early 17th century, this Jacobean house was built in red brick with a gabled facade and elegant corner turrets, it was greatly altered in the 1760s. The formal garden dates from 1729 with a temple, an orangery, a park and a lake.

Saturday 28 September

We will check out of our hotel after breakfast and travel home via Ely for a guided visit of Ely Cathedral, a wonderful example of Romanesque architecture. Following major restoration the Octagon and Lady Chapel are of special interest. The cathedral is surrounded by the largest collection of medieval buildings still in domestic use. After lunch we will continue our journey back to Petersfield. 

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